Shah Condemns Arrests of Youth, Demands Removal of CRPF camp from HMT



The incarcerated All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) Secretary General and head of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Saturday condemned the arbitrary arrests in Pulwama and Palhallan during nocturnal raids and vandalizing of properties of the arrestees’ families.

He also castigated authorities for carrying out shelling during nights and arresting fathers in lieu of sons.

In a statement to KNS, Shabir Ahmad Shah alleged that police during nocturnal raids are harassing the people and carries out arbitrary arrests of innocent youths thereby ruining their careers.

“Palhallan is being deliberately targeted for harbouring the pro-freedom sentiments and the youths of this place are made victims of political vengeance,” he said expressing solidarity with the people of volatile town saying “they will not be left alone”.

The DFP Chairperson while condemning the police “atrocities upon the pro-freedom people” of Pulwama and Kakapora said, “people are victimised and terrorised and made handicapped by targeting them with lethal weapons like pellet guns and pepper gas.”

Lashing out at state administration, Shah said, “the government is hell bent upon terrorising the youth and ruining their careers.”

Hailing the attachment of people with slain militants, Shah said, “to remember martyrs and to take forward their mission is our prime responsibility.” He warned of stiff resistance against administration “if anti-people activities” are not stopped.

Shah also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives due to fire accident in Ramban and expressed solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved families and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured. He said it was due to inefficiency and mismanagement of administration that gave rise to such unfortunate tragedy.

Terming the setting up of CRPF camp in HMT, Zainakote as “anti-people”, Shabir Ahmad Shah said the presence of military camp amid local populace is not less than a tragedy.

“Such anti-people moves give rise to tragedies and killings of youths. We demand the removal of the CRPF camp in the area,” Shah said.


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